The View From Here…

…has been pretty good over the last week:
But, by far, the most interesting thing I’ve been looking at this week has been The Information by James Gleick.  This is a wonderful book that brings together – in a non-technical manner – all of the threads of how we became deluged with information and how information is at the core of the most fundamental laws of the universe.

I’m only part of the way through the 544 pages, but I know a good thing when I see it.  Gleick starts with the ideas and people who created the digital world we live in (everybody reading this owes a debt to Claude Shannon, Alan Turing and the others who worked on the mathematics of information and communications and on turning those theories into real devices and systems), but he also drills deeper into how the transmission of information – a word with a slippery meaning depending on who’s using it – is woven into the fundamental fabric of the universe.

Highly recommended.  So’s the beach.

– Austin

8 thoughts on “The View From Here…

  1. Dennis Lang says:

    Blazing sun here in God’s country as well–and about thirty degrees. For anyone feeling much certainty about anything, give Brian Greene’s “Fabric of the Cosmos” a try. Our ignorance of the universe is so vast and knowledge of it so filled with paradoxes all conclusions seem premature. Thanks for the tip on Gleick.

    1. Love it. Lest we take ourselves too seriously here, everyone repeat after me:

      “It’s not exactly brain surgery!”

      Or rocket science.

      – Austin

      1. Jim Leinfelder says:

        Heh, yeah, that’s why I spend less time on the brain surgery and jet propulsion blogs.

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